About JCS



Julian Charter School, a public charter school authorized by the California State Board of Education for distance learning, became independently incorporated in July 2000. The school is a public school sponsored by the Julian Union School District in San Diego County, California.

Julian Charter School Charter (PDF)

The Program

The school employs teachers who are state-credentialed educators within the State of California to work with parents and students to design an individual instruction plan that fits the students’ learning style and educational goals. Student instructional programs may be designed to prepare the student to enter the work force or continue their education at a college of their choice. This school is publicly funded and fully credentialed to confer high school diplomas by the State of California and the Julian School District.
We serve students in San Diego County, and two counties contiguous to San Diego County: Orange County and Riverside County.


In May 2010, Julian Charter School was granted a 6 year accreditation term by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) with a mid-term review.


Legally bound to hold students accountable to the California State Content Standards, Julian Charter Independent Study Teachers, at the beginning and end of each semester, check the student’s progress against a list of appropriate content standards. This process includes parents and students as partners in the educational process and in the academic expectations of the school and of the State of California.


Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs)

On-site Classes

Learning Centers

The first Julian Charter School Learning Center, a Friday program that allow homestudy students to supplement their independent studies with a wide range of academic and enrichment courses taught by credentialed staff. opened in Temecula in 2002.  We now have three learning centers for our homestudy population; Temecula, San Diego, and Ramona. Schedules can be found xxxxxxxxx.

Academy Programs

In the 2005-2006 school year, Julian Charter School opened its first Academy program. We have now expanded to eleven Academy sites throughout San Diego and Riverside County. Sites are located in Encinitas (2), San Diego (4), Alpine, Pine Valley, and Temecula (3), and are another alternative to a traditional five day a week school program. The grade levels served various by location. Please visit the academy web page (add link) for more information about our various programs.

Curricular Program

Due to the distance learning nature of the school, there is no official extra-curricular program. In each geographic area, however, local specialists, as a part of the school program, offer classes and experiences in topics from art to agriculture. In addition, JCS students participate in a variety of club and group activities, including 4-H, scouts, YMCA programs, youth groups, club and team sports, etc. Many students are active in these activities at the leadership level.


With nearly 2,200 students in three counties, Julian Charter School has a faculty of approximately 100 full time and part time credentialed teachers, many of whom hold a Master’s Degree or higher.


Julian Charter School is a member of APLUS+, the Association of Personalized Learning Schools & Services, an organization dedicated to promoting the personalized Learning model of education.

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